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UPDATE 1-Russia to donate 25,000 tonnes of wheat to Lebanon -minister

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BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Russia will donate 25,000 tonnes of wheat to crisis-hit Lebanon, the public works minister said on Monday.

Russia would also donate 10,000 tonnes of fuel oil to Beirut, minister Alia Hamie told Reuters, without elaborating.

The Russian embassy in Lebanon did not respond to a request for comment.

News of the donation comes after Russia said on Saturday it was halting its participation in the United Nations-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative that facilitates the passage of cargo ships through the Black Sea amid the war.

The initiative had eased food security concerns, especially in parts of the developing world heavily dependant of imports of grain. Ships carrying grain continued to sail from Ukrainian ports on Monday.

Lebanon is in the fourth year of the most serious crisis since a 1975-90 civil war. The national currency has lost more than 90% of its value since 2019, leaving the cash-strapped government struggling to pay for imports of basic goods. (Reporting by Timour Azhari Editing by Chris Reese and Angus MacSwan)

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